Each week Press Democrat staff writer Eric Branch will grade the Niners' performance. Following are his grades and comments on Sunday's effort in a 16-14 loss at Atlanta:
Some good (21-of-32, 188 yards, 1 TD) and some bad (2 INTs) for Alex Smith. Very bad. In fact, the bad, as Smith admitted, prevented a victory. You've heard this before, but here goes: Smith often looked jittery when pressured.